Puff Sleeve Blouse From Men’s Dress Shirt (Easy Upcycle Project!)

 


Let’s learn how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt. Today, we’re going to have fun cutting a shirt with this beginner upcycle project. 

Sewing and making clothes from scratch sounds like a lot of work; but this simple tutorial shows exactly how to easily transform a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt. As a result, you will be on trend for this year and do a little recycling while you are at it!

Recently, the classic poplin top got a puff sleeve update according to the latest runways trends. Yes, this statement sleeve trend is everywhere from social media to retail stores.

Fashion bloggers and your favorite Instagram influencers are all over this trend already. If you can’t live without a classic shirt for work or casual date night outfit, then this style is perfect for you too!

Continue along the upcycled clothing journey with us and together we will transform one old clothing item at a time. In this refashion tutorial, you will start with how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt. 

 

How to Wear Puff Sleeve Shirt

You might be wondering how to wear this trend properly to look chic and work-friendly or even as a casual date night outfit.

To nail the puff sleeve trend, the key to put this outfit together properly is to pair it with fitted bottoms such as straight leg pants or even a pencil skirt to keep the right balance.

 

Puff Sleeve Work Outfit

  • Pair a white puff sleeve blouse with beige chinos and white heels to look elegant and professional throughout the workday.
  • Pair with a black lace midi flare skirt and black pointed toe heels to give a unique and ladylike appearance. This is the classic black and white office work outfit.

 

Casual Puff Sleeve Outfit

  • Pair any puff sleeve white button-down shirt with your favorite pair of mom jeans and black ballet flats. You will create a chic and casual look.
  • If you need a classy and sexy summer look, you can easily wear any color puff sleeve blouse with a pair of denim mini shorts for a beach vacation.

 

Puff Sleeve Date Night Outfit

  • Love the off-the-shoulder shirt trend? There are off-the-shoulder shirt puff sleeve shirts that are to die for! Simply wear with a black leather mini skirt as a romantic date night outfit.
  • If you are a dress person, for your next date night outfit look for a puff sleeve shift dress. You will look elegant and date night ready.

 

How to Care For Cotton Poplin Shirt

Learn how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt by following this beginner sewing project!  Once you have taken the steps to make your own clothing, you will really want to properly care for each piece.

These effective clothing care tips demonstrate how to clean a cotton poplin shirt so that it lasts a long time! If you care for clothing the right way, you can avoid sending it to the dry cleaner every time you wear it.

Puff Sleeve Blouse From Men's Dress Shirt

Puff Sleeve Blouse From Men's Dress Shirt

For this upcycled men's dress shirt tutorial, I made the puff sleeves without a paper pattern .

Most of the time, sleeve details need a paper pattern in order to fold and sew properly. But in this step-by-step refashion tutorial, I’ll show you how to make puff sleeve shirt the easy way.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

  • Men's Button Down Shirt
  • ¾” Elastic Band

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Straight Pins

Instructions

men's shirt into women puff sleeve blouse tutorial collage 1

  1. Remove the pocket using a seam ripper.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 1
  2. Detach both sleeves by cutting along the seam using scissors.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 2
  3. Disconnect the collar by cutting the collar band.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 3
  4. Cut across the yoke seam in the back.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 4
  5. Cut down both side seams and then detach the shoulder seam.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 5
  6. To make the new front piece, start by folding the original back piece in half. Pin it securely along the armhole and side seams so that it doesn’t move when you are drawing a new shape or begin cutting.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 6
  7. Copy the front neckline, shoulder seam and armhole by tracing the outline with fabric chalk.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 7
  8. Measure 23” down from the highest point of the shoulder seam and mark.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 8
  9. Then, measure 10” away from the folded center front, draw a straight line to connect and cut along the chalk mark to complete the front piece.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 9
  10. To make the back piece, unbutton the shirt, lay the wrong sides together and then pin it to secure.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 10
  11. Use your favorite t-shirt to copy the back neckline with fabric chalk. Then, use your new front piece to copy the shoulder seam, armhole, side seam, and hemline.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 11
  12. Cut along the chalk mark to complete the back piece.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 12

How To Make Puff Sleeves Without Pattern

men's shirt into women puff sleeve blouse tutorial collage 2

  1. To make the puff sleeves, remove both cuffs and then split open each sleeve by cutting along the seam. Open each sleeve and lay them flat with the right side up.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 13
  2. From the center of the sleeve piece, measure 13” down, make a straight line across and then cut to create the new sleeve length.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 14
  3. Remove any sleeve seam so that you are left with a smooth piece of fabric, and measure the hem of the sleeve. Mine is 16” across and I will reduce it to 10” by removing 3” on each side. Draw a new seam line with fabric chalk and trim along both sides of each sleeve.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 15
  4. Double fold the sleeve hem ¼”, pin it to secure and sew edge top stitch.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 16
  5. For the pleated fold on each sleeve, begin by folding both sides about ½” from the center of the sleeve and pin to secure.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 17
  6. Then, fold again about ½” on each side and pin to secure.
    Sewing tip: You want to make sure the new sleeve line matches your armhole so double check before your sew them together
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 18
  7. Sew about ⅛” along the folded tucks to secure the pleats and then cut a smooth line along the armhole.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 19
  8. Next, place the wrong side of the front and back piece together. Sew ½” seam allowance along the shoulder seam.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 20
  9. To attach the sleeve to the bodice, pin to secure and then sew ½” seam allowance.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 21
  10. To finish the neckline, I chose to make inbinding with a ¾” width elastic strap that is about 24”.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 22
  11. Begin by laying the right side of the strap against the right side of the bodice, pin to secure and sew ⅛” along the neckline.
    Pro tip: Use scissors to clip along the neckline without cutting through the thread. This method will help you curve it more smoothly.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 23
  12. Cover the seam with a ¼” double fold, pin to secure and sew edge topstitch along the neckline.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 24
  13. Double fold the hemline ¼”, pin to secure and edge topstitch along the hem to finish cleanly.
    puff sleeve from mens dress shirt step 25
    men's shirt into women puff sleeve blouse tutorial collage 3

Notes

If you have any questions about the instructions, send me an email or leave a comment below. I’m here to help out as best as possible!

Do you have creative ways to upcycle men’s dress shirts?

Share your puff sleeve blouse with me at #MakeWithFashionWanderer!

XOXO

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Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

3 Comments
  1. thanks so much for the detailed tutorial. it makes me think i can actually do it! I will definitley be on the lookout at the thrift shop for a potential project. Cindy h.

    1. Thank you for leaving us a comment! We greatly appreciate the feedback! Please share the results of your upcycle men’s dress shirt project with us 🙂

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